Could Leeds emulate Raphinha move amid Noa Lang interest?
As each performance passes, it arguably becomes more difficult to understand why Rennes agreed to sell Raphinha when Leeds United came calling last summer.
Raphinha has been an outstanding addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s ranks. He has scored six and created six goals in the Premier League.
It is remarkable to think that Leeds only paid an initial £17 million for the winger. And the deal only becomes an even bigger coup when you consider what Raphinha left behind to head to Elland Road.
The Brazilian had helped Rennes reach the Champions League for the first time ahead of this season.
On paper therefore, some may have struggled to understand his decision to move. Leeds had only just been promoted back to the top flight.
So it was a huge statement from the Whites to land Raphinha. And it appears that they may be looking to replicate that move this summer.
According to The Telegraph this week, Leeds want Noa Lang.
Lang has enjoyed an outstanding campaign in Belgium with Club Brugge. He has scored 16 goals and contributed 10 assists in all competitions.
The Telegraph noted that he could be on the move for £20 million this summer despite seeing his loan from Ajax converted into a permanent deal.
Like Raphinha, Lang is a versatile winger. And it seems that the transfer fees could be similar should Leeds manage to secure his signature.
But there also looks to be one more major similarity.
Club Brugge look to be well on their way to securing a spot in next year’s Champions League. They finished the regular season 16 points clear in Belgium’s top flight.
And with five play-off games remaining, they are eight clear of their closest rival for a place in next year’s Champions League group-stages.
The slight difference with Raphinha is Club Brugge were in this year’s competition. So Lang does have that experience of playing in the Champions League.
But perhaps that would make a future move even more of a coup for Leeds. The 21-year-old has had a taste of playing in Europe’s premier club competition.
So it may be an even bigger statement if he is willing to follow in Raphinha’s footsteps and move to Yorkshire.
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